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October 07, 1963
THE OLD FRONTIER
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October 07, 1963

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THE OLD FRONTIER

Even more than had been expected, President Kennedy's conservation tour turned out to be political. But, for the record, he did have some things to say about conservation. In Laramie, Wyo. he said that the conservationist's basic desire to hoard our natural resources is completely outmoded. "Our primary task now," he said, "is to increase our understanding of our natural environment to the point where we can enjoy it without defacing it, use its bounty without permanently detracting from its value, and, above all, maintain a living, evolving balance between man's actions and nature's reactions."

Later, near Billings, Mont., the President called for support of three pending Administration programs to activate his theories:

1) The Youth Conservation Corps, based on the old CCC, to put young men to work maintaining national parks and forests.

2) The long-debated, long-delayed Wilderness Bill to preserve forever primitive areas in national forests.

3) The Land and Water Conservation Fund Bill, a long-range plan for using state and federal funds to develop new recreation areas.

The President's interest in conservation is genuine—his Administration has created three national seashores, for one thing—and we wish he had stuck to this important topic.

THE MATCHLESS MATCH

Call us dreamers, but we think there ought to be a match race between those splendid harness horses, Speedy Scot and Overtrick. Never has there been a pair like them. One is a trotter, the other a pacer. Each this year captured the classic 3-year-old race for his gait: Speedy Scot won The Hambletonian, Overtrick the Little Brown Jug. When Speedy Scot last week flowed powerfully to a 1:56[4/5]-mile clocking at Lexington, Ky., he became the fastest trotting racehorse of all time (although others have been faster under the ideal conditions of time trials). When Overtrick won the Jug, both his heats (1:57[1/5], 1:57:[3/5]) were faster than any before on a half-mile track.

To those who protest that trotters just do not race against pacers, we say it is time for a change. The difference in gaits is precisely what would clothe this battle of world champions with unparalleled suspense. Pacers, swinging both legs on one side simultaneously, are thought to have an inherent edge in speed—a bit less than one second in a mile—over trotters, which step out with the left front and right rear legs, then right front and left rear, etc.

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